Maine is famous for its picturesque coastline, and if you could unravel its jagged stretch of shore, it would measure more than 3,500 miles. The towns of Camden and Rockland are charming examples of coastal villages whose residents still make their living from the sea. Camden's maritime traditions live on in its large harbor fleet of 19th century cargo ships, called windjammers. The annual Windjammer Festival draws thousands of visitors every year. Nearby, Rockland's annual summer Lobster Festival attracts almost an equal number who devour more than 20,000 pounds of the tasty crustacean. Rockland is also the home of the Farnsworth Art Museum, which celebrates three generations of America's celebrated Wyeth art dynasty. In the warm months, visitors from all over New England descend upon these towns, so it may be difficult to locate cheap hotel deals in Maine during the summer. By going online, you'll access everything that's available so you can book Maine hotel packages at special discount rates.
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Closer to the shared border with New Hampshire, you'll find the white, sandy beaches of Ogunquit, Kennebunk and Bar Harbor, where America's wealthiest families once built their palatial summer homes. Many of these mansions are still standing, but they've been converted into Maine hotels. Guests are largely outdoor sports enthusiasts who use these accommodations as a base for excursions to nearby Acadia National Park, a terrific place for hiking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, fishing or just plain standing on the beach and watching the whales.
The restaurants lining the Old Port district's charming cobblestone streets have established Portland's reputation for the top eats in all of New England, outside of Boston. State capital Augusta is home to Old Fort Western, built in 1754, and the nation's oldest surviving wooden fort. Bangor was once the world's lumber capital, and its beautiful 19th-century Victorian mansions erected by lumber barons and mill industrialists are definitely worth a look. You should be able to track down reservations for a cheap Maine hotel deal in any of Maine's larger cities.
Baxter State Park, located in the inland region of north central Maine, is one of the largest wilderness areas remaining in the eastern United States. The park boasts more than 200 miles of hiking trails upon which it's not uncommon to spot a moose. The park's centerpiece, Mt. Katahdin, is the highest peak in Maine and a favorite with rock climbers.
The hospitality industry is well established along the Atlantic shoreline, so it's the best place to find comfortable hotels in Maine. While you may come across cheap Maine hotel deals in the inland portions of the state, many of these won't have the hotel amenities you've come to expect. With its database of traveler reviews, Expedia can help you discover rooms you'll love at prices you can afford.